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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

Time for Plan B: Europe Must Not Be Blackmailed by Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

After agreeing to help the European Union control the flow of migrants heading north, the Turkish government now feels empowered to use the deal as leverage. Europe must now find an alternative to its agreement with Ankara, lest it subject itself to blackmail. A SPIEGEL Editorial By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

Refugee Deal at Risk: Europe Takes a Soft Approach on Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2016

Despite the Turkish President's crackdown on opponents in the wake of the failed coup attempt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for strong continued ties to the country. It may be the only way to preserve the EU's crucial refugee deal. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

Financial Expert on Brexit: 'The British Always Want Special Treatment'

Financial Expert on Brexit: 'The British Always Want Special Treatment'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2016

What direction will Britain take as it prepares for Brexit? British financial industry expert David Marsh says he believes Britain's withdrawal from the EU will do less damage to Brits than to the rest of Europe. Interview Conducted By Alexander Jung more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

Erdogan's Putsch: Turkey's Post-Coup Slide into Dictatorship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking advantage of last week's failed coup to consolidate his power. As the country slides into a dictatorship, there is a lot at stake for the West. But the effects in Turkey itself promise to be far greater. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A New Beginning: Theresa May's Opportunity to Reinvent Britain

A New Beginning: Theresa May's Opportunity to Reinvent Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, faces a difficult task. She must reconcile the country and improve the lives of those who feel left behind. A SPIEGEL Editorial by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

The European Commission insists that it knew nothing about diesel emissions manipulations perpetrated by Volkswagen and other automobile manufacturers. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE show otherwise. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

The Waiting Game: Playing for Time After Brexit

The Waiting Game: Playing for Time After Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

Two weeks after the EU referendum, Britain's political elite is crumbling and the country still has no plan for Brexit. The next government -- and also the Europeans -- will have to pick up the pieces. By Christoph Scheuermann in London more... Comment ]

Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

Opinion: Don't Forget the Western Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

Following the Brexit vote, attention in the EU is likely to shift to internal debates on the future of European integration. But it's important that Europe not forget the Western Balkans, for whom the prospect of membership in the bloc is an important motivator for peace. By Sarah Wohlfeld more... Comment ]

Interview with Juncker and Schulz: 'Deadly for Europe'

Interview with Juncker and Schulz: 'Deadly for Europe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2016

The presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Martin Schulz, 60, and Jean-Claude Juncker, 61, talk about the consequences of the Brexit vote, the failures of EU leaders and their early morning phone calls. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkb√§umer, Horand Knaup and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]